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Published May 11th 2015
City Chic Comes to Cheltenham
After opening its doors in Station Road Cheltenham 12 months ago, this cafe and bar has become a firm favourite with locals.
The owners describe it as 'a melting pot where city chic meets the suburbs', and this certainly seems fitting. Whether you are meeting friends for brunch, after work drinks or a romantic dinner, this lovely cafe and tapas bar is a great spot.
The Garden of Good & Evil in Cheltenham is a favourite with locals. Image by writer.
I had visited a few times for take-away coffee (very handy access via a coffee window on the street) and was very impressed. The cafe always seemed reasonably popular with the brunch and lunch crowd, but I had never dined there until recently. There are several tables outdoors on Station Road, ample indoor dining, and surprisingly, a very large beer garden out the back.
After arriving on a recent Friday night, I was surprised to see The Garden was packed out and pumping. There was a mixture of large groups having after work drinks, couples having romantic dinners, and others watching footy on the big screen TV outside. Although it was a cold night, it was very pleasant sitting outside with the gas heaters on.
The drinks list is impressive, with an excellent range of beer, wine and cocktails (I went with the sangria - yum!). The quality of food on the tapas menu is very impressive, however is quite expensive given the serving size. Therefore, this is a good place for a special occasion.
With items such as 'Wagyu Beef Brioche Sliders' and 'Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Mango Chutney', you will want to try everything on the menu! All items on the tapas menu are priced as follows: 3 dishes for $36, 5 for $59 or 8 for $88. There are vegetarian and gluten free options available also.
Barramundi tortillas at The Garden of Good & Evil. Image by writer.
'The Garden' often has live music in the beer garden, and encourages sports lovers to watch live games there when they are on. It would be a great spot for a Sunday session, or to meet family, as there is lots of room for youngsters to run around (and a cute kids menu titled 'For the Little Gardeners').
The Garden of Good & Evil is open 7 days a week, from 8am until late. The breakfast menu is available until 11:30, and the tapas menu after midday.